Staff writer: Brjden Crewe
Internet juggernaut – Google introduced a smartphone user-agent called Googlebot-Mobile in December 2011. This user-agent update was designed in order to increase coverage of smartphone content as well as to improve search experience on mobile devices and capitalize on internet marketing optimization techniques are now popular.
In the coming weeks, there have been numerous posts from marketing companies as well as mobile applications designers claiming to soon make websites more mobile-friendly, but with little evidence on if a mobile development specialist can or should use mobile sub-domains, directories, or if they should try to mobilize desktop versions of sites.
Google announced on June 6, 2012, their official guidelines on smartphone optimized websites, which would outline the mobile configurations and the best practices on how to implement these changes to websites.
According to Google’s support page, there are three mobile website configurations to which they support:
- Websites that serve devices on the same group of URLs. But each URL serves different CSS and HTML depending on if the user-agent is a mobile or desktop device.
- Websites that utilize web design that’s responsive. As an example, websites that serve devices on the same group of URLs, with each URL serving the exact same HTML to all devices using CSS to change how pages are maneuvered on the device. Google recommends this configuration.
- Websites that have separated desktop and mobile URLs.
Google also outlined their reasons for responsive web design over the other two methods:
- Content sharing will be made easier because both mobile and desktop websites will be generated from one URL address.
- No redirection is needed from the desktop website to the mobile website, because they are one in the same.
- Responsive Web design means Google will only be on your webpages once, as opposed to multiple times.
- There is no need to create or rewrite content. This is especially useful if your desktop page is already well-optimized for SEO purposes(which definitely helps internet marketing optimization).
How to Optimize Mobile Traffic
Once your mobile platform has been chosen, in order to take advantage of internet marketing optimization and the optimization on your mobile website is of great importance to ensure high visibility when users are searching from mobile devices on your site. Mobile SEO is very similar to standard SEO practices and features for desktop. For example, making sure simple things like keywords are on the page remain important to your mobile site. You can also use mobile search volume which you can retrieve from the Google Adwords keyword tool.
When optimizing your mobile website, here are a few things to look out for:
With Meta tags: Indexes and mobile bots are very different from standard web search. But HTML elements such as heading tags, title tags and ALT attributes are still just as important.
Title tags should be able to:
- Be unique.
- Include the keyword at least once (targeted)
- Be simple and descriptive, up to 66 characters
The Description tag should do the same things except they should be up to 130 characters.
Optimizing your website is of great importance to your website and your business. Hopefully you’ll follow these tips and make your site the best it can be.